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In January, Beijing issued a white paper calling for accelerated expansion of China’s news media abroad and the deployment of a press corps of 100,000 around the world, particularly in priority regions like Africa. In the last few months alone, China established its first TV news hub in Kenya and a print publication in South Africa. The state-run Xinhua news agency already operates more than 20 bureaus in Africa. More than 200 African government press officers received Chinese training between 2004 and 2011 in order to produce what the Communist Party propaganda chief, Li Changchun, called “truthful” coverage of development fueled by China’s activities.

Mohamed Keita, Committee to Protect Journalists

Africa’s Free Press Problem - NYTimes.com

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fictionthatmatters:

Freedom of the Press: in the Middle East, widely curtailed and often violated
““The media – old and new, local and international has paid a heavy price for its sustained and courageous efforts to inform local and international populations about the political upheavals in the Middle East.” These comments from Fateh Azzam, Head of the UN Human Rights regional office in the Middle East, on World Press Freedom Day, acknowledge the vital role played by the media in covering events as they have unfolded in the Middle East.”
(via Freedom of the Press: in the Middle East, widely curtailed and often violated)

fictionthatmatters:

Freedom of the Press: in the Middle East, widely curtailed and often violated

“The media – old and new, local and international has paid a heavy price for its sustained and courageous efforts to inform local and international populations about the political upheavals in the Middle East.” These comments from Fateh Azzam, Head of the UN Human Rights regional office in the Middle East, on World Press Freedom Day, acknowledge the vital role played by the media in covering events as they have unfolded in the Middle East.”

(via Freedom of the Press: in the Middle East, widely curtailed and often violated)

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Eynulla Fatullayev wins 2012 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize 
Eynulla Fatullayev, an Azerbaijani journalist and human rights activist, has been named the winner of the 2012 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize by UNESCO’s Director-General, Irina Bokova. He was nominated for the award by an independent international jury.
(via UNESCO World Press Freedom Prize | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization)

Eynulla Fatullayev wins 2012 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize 

Eynulla Fatullayev, an Azerbaijani journalist and human rights activist, has been named the winner of the 2012 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize by UNESCO’s Director-General, Irina Bokova. He was nominated for the award by an independent international jury.

(via UNESCO World Press Freedom Prize | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization)

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PEN International’s Cathal Sheerin on the G20 Summit
Last week, PEN International, the global writers’ and free expression organisation, published an open letter addressed to all journalists who will be covering the G20 summit on 18-19 June. We asked them, in the course of their reporting, to raise the issue of the violence suffered by journalists and the impunity enjoyed by those who commit these crimes.
PEN International has long campaigned for changes to Mexican law in order to better protect journalists and writers. Earlier this month, a long-awaited law that would make all attacks on journalists federal crimes was finally approved.
(via PEN.org » Blog Archive PEN International’s Cathal Sheerin on the G20 Summit - PEN.org)

PEN International’s Cathal Sheerin on the G20 Summit

Last week, PEN International, the global writers’ and free expression organisation, published an open letter addressed to all journalists who will be covering the G20 summit on 18-19 June. We asked them, in the course of their reporting, to raise the issue of the violence suffered by journalists and the impunity enjoyed by those who commit these crimes.

PEN International has long campaigned for changes to Mexican law in order to better protect journalists and writers. Earlier this month, a long-awaited law that would make all attacks on journalists federal crimes was finally approved.

(via PEN.org » Blog Archive PEN International’s Cathal Sheerin on the G20 Summit - PEN.org)

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We are dismayed at the conviction of Eskinder Nega. The evidence presented in court shows that this courageous journalist spoke and wrote only of peaceful change in Ethiopia; not of terrorism, nor of violent overthrow of the government, as Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has tried to insist.

That Eskinder was put on trial at all for his writing, shows a shameful disdain for Ethiopia’s obligations to its citizens and to international law, and further proof of its alarming descent into an authoritarian state. This guilty verdict is an affront to journalists everywhere who exercise their internationally-protected right to freedom of expression.

We at PEN urge the world to stand with Eskinder Nega, with the journalists struggling inside Ethiopia, and with the 150 journalists who have now fled Ethiopia into exile. Our pledge to Eskinder is this: we will keep campaigning for your release until you walk free.”

PEN President Peter Godwin on Ethiopian Journalist Eskinder Nega’s conviction
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Sanef chairman Mondli Makhanya. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

THE South African National Editors’ Forum (Sanef) has welcomed the African National Congress’s (ANC’s) decision not to press ahead with a media tribunal, as it now becomes clear that the party’s push for reform in the media will not see direct government involvement in accountability mechanisms.

Sanef chairman Mondli Makhanya said yesterday the forum had welcomed that the ANC was no longer “wedded” to the idea of statutory regulation, opting instead to endorse the Press Freedom Commission’s recommendations on press regulation outlined in a report released in April.

PEN is thrilled to hear this! We submitted a brief to the UN on this very issue in November.

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The collection of 100 trompe l’oeil photos by Martin Parr is designed to raise attention to press freedom.

Dans le cadre des 20 ans de sa collection « 100 photos pour la liberté de la presse », Reporters sans frontières a choisi de mettre à l’honneur l’oeuvre du photographe britannique Martin Parr. Membre de l’agence Magnum Photos depuis 1994, Martin Parr est une figure emblématique de la photographie contemporaine. Avec l’humour qui caractérise son travail, il capte les bizarreries de notre société de consommation, d’un oeil espiègle et sans compromis. Le résultat est à la fois drôle et profondément perturbant. 

(Source: boutique.rsf.org)

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New York City, July 13, 2012—PEN American Center reacted angrily to the sentencing of journalist Eskinder Nega to 18 years in prison on bogus terrorism charges in Ethiopia, calling on the United States and other donor nations to reevaluate their relationships with the government of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi. Eskinder, who received this year’s PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award, was one of 20 journalists and political activist to be sentenced today to long prison terms on terrorism-related charges, accelerating a trend where vague anti-terrorism laws are used to silence peaceful dissenting voices in Ethiopia.

Read the entire press release here

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